"Our preliminary budget is a worst-case presentation," Brenner-Smith told the board. "We don't have a lot of information, just getting the governor's budget, not knowing our health-care rate, not knowing all the teacher retirements."
The board will vote on the preliminary budget at its meeting next Thursday. But in the past several years, the board has reduced the budget significantly before final adoption in June.
Brown said the staff has three months to fine-tune the budget.
Last year, the preliminary budget called for a 2.1 percent tax increase, which was reduced to 0.9 percent in the final budget.
Under the preliminary budget 2014-15 budget, an increase of 4.27 percent generates additional real estate taxes of
Without a tax increase, the district would have a shortfall of
Brenner-Smith said the district is expecting
The district's contract with
She said the budget includes an increase of
"Salaries are somewhat of an unknown in this budget," Brown said, noting that this is the final year for the teacher contract. "We are in the process of teacher negotiations to help determine that increase."
In addition, the district is in the final year of a contract with the support staff. Next year, support staff will receive a 2 percent increase under the current contract.
The budget calls for hiring four staff, including a high school math teacher, a middle school guidance counselor, a learning support teacher and a full-time maintenance employee.
On the positive side, Brenner-Smith said, the district will realize an estimated savings of
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